Adam,

23 years ago today, we met.

11 years ago, you were immortalized in plastic and @Hasbro@twitter.com @starwars@twitter.com history as .

Four years ago, we could finally marry.

A little over a year and a half ago, I lost you.

I'm wearing our ring again this week, to remember us.

Just saw a clip of @RepCummings@twitter.com ripping Kevin McAleenan a new one over the cruel treatment of migrants.

He and @repjohnlewis@twitter.com (proudly my representative for 20 years) keep my hope for the future alive.

Explicitly racist chant at a rally. You want comparisons to Nazism? Here you go, plain as day. "Send her back!" when referring to @Ilhan@twitter.com. 😠

Thank you @washingtonpost@twitter.com for being willing to call racist things as such, without whitewashing it as an "Op/Ed".

washingtonpost.com/politics/tr

Radicalism breeds reaction.

I've been seeing quite a resurgence in anarchocommunist attitudes (the pure ideology, not a political regime) in young adults. They are quite clearly reacting, and strongly so, to the rightward Overton slide.

They will help to pull that window back.

Ooh apparently I'm a "leftist" now.

If that's what it means to treat humans with common decency, I accept the label happily.

(Hint: the Overton window has been pulled so hard towards the "I got mine, so fuck you" right-wing, that all good and decent people are "leftists" now.)

Why I just shake my head when asked what I think of ICE.

We are in a political environment so toxic that it's easy to forget the GWB policy creations. I still remember the creation of ICE, of the Department of Fatherland—excuse me—Homeland Security, "USA/PATRIOT," and all that.

RT @ToddVierling@twitter.com

@TheTinaVasquez@twitter.com The name change alone is a clear signal of how it shifted.

INS: Immigration and Naturalization Service. The name evokes providing a safe path to citizenship.

ICE: Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The name is intentionally aggressive and adversarial.

We saw all this coming.

🐦🔗: twitter.com/ToddVierling/statu

In 2018, I moved from downtown Atlanta to the edge of @CityofClarkston@twitter.com. This area has an unparalleled ethnic diversity in the US.

In today's political climate, I can't understate how awesome it is to see such a melting pot of cultures.

*This* is what America should strive for.

UK ambassador: Trump "radiates insecurity."

Trump: We won't deal with that ambassador, <insert insecure put-down here>.

...He's turning into a deterministic algorithm.

vox.com/2019/7/8/20686576/trum

Once again, someone who hasn't actually fought on the front lines misinterprets the whole point of .

It's a celebration of diversity.

It's bringing together those who are "different."

It's a rebellion against oppression. In ALL forms — your oppressiveness included, dear.

RT @aniobrien@twitter.com

Once again I’d like to assert that I am quite fine with being called a “kink shamer”.
This image of “Pups” from London Pride shows how far Pride has strayed from commemorating our struggle for gay & lesbian rights & celebrating our freedom. What an embarrassment.

🐦🔗: twitter.com/aniobrien/status/1

(Oh well, just now saw the typo in the first tweet, no point in fixing it now. As the relevant adage goes, I can do better next time. 😄)

I was taught in *kindergarten* that selfishness is bad, and I never forgot that. So it's important to point out this disparity when it happens, and try to help change it.

That's not "woke". That's just being a goddamn good human being. We need more of *that* again. /end

I may be part of the queer community, but I'm still cis, male, white, and in a professional career. That means I have positions of privilege.

Saving that for myself is not just selfish; it contributes to the cycle. /6

And I'm not innocent of that. When I first saw the reimagining of the flag with the brown and black stripes added, I felt like it wasn't necessary, because the whole point of the rainbow was to be all-encompassing.

I was wrong. I embrace the change now. /5

I didn't march on Washington for equal *white* rights. It was for *equal rights*, period.

It still shocks me when I see this treatment, especially from one of "my own kind." I've fought one form of oppression, just to see those I've helped do the same thing to others. /4

I caught the door as it was closing, maybe a few inches from her face. I turned around and glared at the men. They looked back, smirked, and kept going.

She thanked me, I said "Of course", and we went on our way. But it was a very stark reminder that this crap is everywhere. /3

This was along an Interstate highway in semirural Alabama. Two young white men walked out of the restaurant, body language clearly a couple. As the second man exited, he pushed at the door to close it more forcefully.

There was a black woman behind them carrying her food. /2

Three weeks ago, I had an experience atvl a fast food restaurant that I didn't think as much of at the time as I should have, but it's come back to haunt me, and the story is worth telling.

(TL;DR?: Queer white people can act superior to PoC too, contributing to oppression.) /1

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